Rosemary Villanova, 87, of Wheeling, died Monday, March 5, 2018 at her home.
She was born October 7, 1930 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late J. William and Elizabeth Saunders Wilhelm.
Rosemary was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy Class of 1948, retired from Wheeling Machine Products and Wheeling National Bank, and was a faithful and active member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish.
She was a member of the Seven Dolors Altar Society, the St. Vincent de Paul funeral luncheon committee, was active in the Christ Renews His Parish at St. Vincent’s, a member of the Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary, Chambers YMCA, AARP and the WV 4-H All Stars.
She was a devoted, kind, and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother..she especially loved spending time and “Special Dinners” with her children and their families and spending time with her sisters and those monthly lunches with high school classmates. She also loved to feed the birds and watch them from her kitchen window.
In addition to her parents, Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent “Vince” Villanova, sister, Helen Ann Wilhelm Kirksey, brother, William Wilhelm, brother- in-law, Albert Bucon and brother-in-law, Paul Otte.
Rosemary is survived by her children, three sons; William V. and his wife, Betty, of Homosassa, FL, Thomas E. and his wife, Debbie, of St. Petersburg, FL, Donald G. and his wife, Becky, of Wheeling, daughter; Luann Danehart and her husband, Art, of Wheeling, two loving sisters; Betty Bucon and Lucille Otte of Wheeling, brothers-in-law, Don Kirksey of St. Clairsville, Eugene (Ruth) Villanova, of Wheeling, and sister-in- law, Bridget (Don) Maloney, of Wheeling.
Rosemary is also survived by five grandchildren; Vicki of Houston, TX, Donnie and Katie of Tampa, FL, and Donald and Hilary of Wheeling, eight great-grandchildren; Leila, Lillie and Landon of Tampa, Vincent and Valentina of Tampa, Alana and Shila of Wheeling, Zekai of Wheeling, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends will be received on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Elm Grove, where a vigil service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Paul Hudock as celebrant.
Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul School.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.